Some years later they teamed up with Mike Ratledge and Kevin Ayers to form Soft Machine (William Burroughs’ name for the human body). After a European Tour in 1967, Allen was refused entry to the
because of a visa irregularity, and moved back to France, where he became involved in
the famous student insurrection of 1968. He then moved to Deya, Majorca where he, and partner Gilly Smyth began to
assemble a loose-knit collection of musicians who began recording under the
name Gong. One of these musicians was
Didier Malherbe (latter dubbed Bloomdido
Bad-De Grass by Daevid), a tremendously gifted saxophonist and flautist,
who Daevid claimed to have found living in a cave on the estate of poet Robert
In 1971, in Daevid’s own words..."It was now three years since my deportation from the mum country so I was now able to legally re-enter
for the first time since 1967.” One of his first appearances when he returned
to the UK,
was a performance at a benefit concert at The Roundhouse in aid of Release. (Release was founded in 1967 by
Caroline Coon and the late Rufus Harris. It is a charity which provides
assistance to those people who have been charged with drugs offences. According
to Wikipedia: “Today Release is the
oldest independent drugs charity in the world and continues to provide a range
of services dedicated to meeting the health, welfare and legal needs of drugs
users and those who live and work with them”.)
As well as being vocalist, Daevid Allen plays acoustic guitars, glissando guitar, and - together with Graham Clark on violin and guitar, whom Daevid met in 1988 in London at the last concert of Invisible Opera Co., UK,, and Mark Robson on vocals and keyboards, didgeridoo, flute and Irish whistle – who spent much time in Australia with the Invisible Opera Co. and his own band Kangaroo Moon - they make up Magick Brothers (named after Gong’s 1969 album).
Magick Brothers’ acoustic format provides what is perhaps the most organic setting for Daevid Allen’s surrealalchemical soundscapes. This early live recording is a delightful insight into the modus operandi of this lovely little ensemble. The accompanying video footage makes this already desirable package unmissable!
The DVD comes out in January next year. Watch this space...